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LEGO was already basically the best thing ever (and completely ok for grownups, it doesn’t matter that the box says ages 8-14, that’s just a suggestion) but it just got even better.

Japanese artist and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has developed a way of making functional LEGO bricks out of chocolate, so that you build and eat at the same time.

The chocolate is a bit harder and more robust than normal so that it doesn’t break or melt during building, but it still edible.

It was made my pouring chocolate into tiny silicone moulds, which are easy to pop out without damaging the shape. He managed to make dark, milk and white chocolate bricks, and the detail is pretty impressive.

There’s no word on whether LEGO are looking into making this an actual product but we can only hope. And email them twice a day.

 

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Former Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison has been married for a couple of months now, so clearly she’s the go-to person for comments on how to have a successful relationship that will last through the years.

Apparently, the reason herself and Wesley Quirke get on so well is because she picks up all his dirty socks, but she doesn’t dare nag him to pick them up himself:

“I’m more of a clean freak and I’m always cleaning up after Wesley and our two little dogs, who have days when they’re hell bent on destruction. But the one thing I never do is nag him to clean up. Men hate to be nagged.”

They sure do, Rosanna, especially when they’re busy chilling out in their man cave as you pick up all the wet towels they left on the bathroom floor:

“He still leaves wet towels on the floor. I also tend to pick up a lot of socks from around the bedroom. But I’m sure I have my annoying habits.

“Wes has a man cave which I don’t venture into that often. It’s dark and it smells of pizza, beer and feet.”

We can only imagine how many smelly socks he has piled in the corner of his man cave to create such a stench, so we can’t blame Rosanna for steering clear – anyway, she’s too busy in the kitchen making his dinner:

“I do a lot of cooking for him. I make things like healthy granola bars, sweet potato wedges… The house often smells like baking.”

Well, it looks like Wesley Quirke has things nicely set up for himself. And let us never forget his lovely tweet the day they set off on their honeymoon:

“Honeymoon suite #Seychelles #presidentalsuite #lapreslin #huge #jacuzzi #lifestyle #pools #suite #5star #LetTheRidingBegin.”

Ah yes, “LetTheRidingBegin”. A true gent!

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There is a saying that they way you start your relationship is the way it will end. It means that if your boyfriend cheated on their last girlfriend with you, they will cheat on you with the next girl.

A research team in Alabama have done a series of studies into whether cheaters change, and the results are not good.

Relationships that started when one person is “stolen” from their current partner tend to be rotten from the start.

The researchers examined all different age groups, and found that “individuals who were poached by their current romantic partners were less committed, less satisfied, and less invested in their relationships”.

They also found that people who cheated their way into their current relationship “tend to be socially passive, not particularly nice to others, careless and irresponsible, and narcissistic.”

“They also tend to desire and engage in sexual behaviour outside of the confines of committed relationships.”

The basic lesson is that people don’t change. If a guy cheats on his girlfriend to be with you, it’s not because you’re so amazing he couldn’t stop himself – it’s because he’s a cheater. Don’t be surprised if karma comes knocking.

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If nothing gives you more pleasure during the day than sipping on a flavoursome cup of coffee, well then we have some good news.

Coffee – in moderation of course – actually has some health benefits, although we have never really associated caffeine with being healthy so we’re a little sceptical here.

Well, this is all according to BuzzFeed who has created a awesome video that means we can drink more coffee! Well, if they say we can we’re taking it for proof.

So drink up, ladies!

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Most of us Irish ladies have been blessed with a gorgeous naturally pale skin tone. Unfortunately, many people feel the need to cover it up with fake tan thinking they need to be the same colour as their darker counterparts.

But it’s time to stop covering up and embrace your paleness – here’s why:

It’s who you are
Ladies, it’s time to stop thinking you need to look a certain way. Being pale is who you are so embrace it. If you don’t love you for you, how will anyone else?

Fake tan can go wrong
Yes fake tan is great for when you want to wear a particular colour item of clothing that simply won’t go with pale skin, but it can go wrong. Seriously wrong.

We are all different
Nobody is the same and that is what makes this world a beautiful place. If we all looked like each other it would make for a pretty boring place.

Looking for inspiration? Think of Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud – now that is a girl who embraced her paleness. 

 

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They say a change is as good as a rest. But you know what it’s not as good as? A decent haircut.

Girls creator Lena Dunham posted a photo to her Instagram account sporting a blonde bowl cut, with the caption: "change is good". And as much as we love her, we can’t help but think that she’s made a terrible, terrible mistake with this one.

Lena must not have realised that there is only a tiny number of people in the world who can pull off a bowl haircut. However, many have tried, and failed, such as Kelly Osbourne:

Or Miley Cyrus.

Or Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.

Few can pull it off as well as Rihanna.

Or Agyness Deyn.

Still, if Lena’s happy, then that’s all that matters. We’re just scarred over the bowl cut our mother gave us when we were four. We wouldn’t wish that horror on our worst enemy!

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Kimberly Wyatt and Max Rogers were on their honeymoon in New York last April when they discovered they were going to be parents for the first time!

The former Pussycat Doll and current Got To Dance judge is VERY excited, and she’s planning on raising the baby in England, even though she’s American herself:

“I love the life Max and I have built here. England is home for me now.

“And there is nothing cuter than having a baby growing up with a British accent.”

Well, that’s as good a reason as any really, isn’t it?

Kimberly says that keeping her pregnancy under wraps was a bit of a struggle at times, especially when she had to do a naked photo shoot for a fitness campaign! How on earth she managed this, we’ll never know, but it must have been in the early stages as she doesn’t think she’d get away with it anymore: “I feel like in the last day or two I have literally gone ‘pop’.”

The singer is still best friends with her former band mate Ashley Roberts and says that she was delighted when she heard the news:

“When I told her, it was so emotional – she was thrilled for us, which was lovely.”

Oh – and guess what? It’s a girl!

“We went for the second scan, at 20 weeks, and they said, ‘You’re going to have a daughter’.

“And then when I felt her kick, it really connected with me – I’m just delighted.”

 

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Ok – we’re coming clean. We have, on occasion, stepped out without sun cream. But never again!

Watch as these people look into the camera while an ultra-violet light shines on their faces, showing the not-yet-visible effects the sun is having on their skin.

Now, where did we leave that factor 50?

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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber have become the latest celebrities to do the Ice Bucket Challenge – a social media phenomenon where people get nominated to dump a bucket of icy water over their heads to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

How exactly does this raise awareness for ALS? Who knows. It does seem to be working though as over $4 million has been raise for the charities involved. I'm sure this is why all the celebrities are doing it, and not so they can have wet t-shirts on camera.

Selena was nominated by Ryan Seacrest and Taylor Swift to get drenched, and she gamely took up the challenge, sharing the result on Instagram.

Selena posted another video afterward nominating Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and James Franco to take part in the challenge.

A few hours later, clearly social media stalking his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Justin Bieber posted his video. We can't help but feel he didn't put as much effort in however. Is that water even cold?

 

Bieber decided his nomination should go to… President Barack Obama. Yeah, I'm sure he'll get right on that.

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Michael Bey is the director of some of the biggest blockbusters of our time, such as Transformers and Armageddon. He’s quite found of explosions and dramatic music – unlike the producers of Pixar’s Up who relied more on the sweet story and nice plinky plonky music to set the scene.

However, someone decided to give Up the Michael Bay treatment, and now it looks like a VERY different film! We’re not sure we like it!

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It was inevitable that something as popular as Tinder would have a song written about it, but we didn't expect it to be this good.

The American indie band Miracles of Modern Science (MOMS) has teamed up with Kristin Slipp from Cuddle Magic to create a new song 'Swipe'.

MOMS say the song deals with their experiences with online dating sites and apps like Tinder and OkCupid. We can relate!

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When recent Harvard graduate Nuseir Yassin went on a two-month backpacking trip around the world, he decided to reach out to strangers across the world with the help of a Rubik's Cube.

Across 11 countries, Nuseir got 84 strangers (plus one snake and one monkey) to do a single move on the puzzle, so they could collectively solve it.

Nuseir wrote about the video project:

"After graduating from Harvard College in May, 2014, I decided to backpack for two months and see what the world had to offer."

"I also wanted to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube throughout the entirety of my journey. To do so, I had one person do one move only in different locations I had travelled to. This is the final result."

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